What Are ‘Micro-Unions,’ and Why Is Big Business So Upset About Them?

By Bruce Vail

Conservatives have created the myth of the ‘micro-union’ in a direct attack on worker organizing around the country.

Legislation was introduced in Congress late last week that will, in the words of one of its prominent supporters, rein in government officials who are now encouraging “swarms of micro-unions” to descend on non-union employers for the purpose on “annihilating companies through a death of a thousand cuts.”

Such lurid language has helped put the bill on the fast track in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where the legislation has already been scheduled for a hearing next week before the Education and the Workforce Committee. Most observers expect it will receive quick approval there on its way to easy passage by the full House. Continue reading